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Help build the confidence and self-esteem of stroke survivors

Befriending / Visiting volunteers needed for Stroke Association

The Stroke Association offers support to over 60,000 stroke survivors, carers and families every year to ensure they get the help they need. We are seeking volunteers to join our befriending team.

Befrienders offer support to stroke survivors and carers across Reading and Wokingham. In doing so they help to reduce social isolation and build the confidence and self-esteem of the people they support.

Tasks this role can include:

  • Supporting people on a one-to-one basis according to their individual needs either face to face, on the phone, online or in the community.
  • Spending time socially with stroke survivors and developing a supportive friendship for an agreed period of time.
  • Supporting people to achieve personal goals.
  • Supporting people to become more independent.

This might be the role for you if:

  • You have excellent listening skills.
  • You have excellent communication skills.
  • You are empathetic and non-judgemental.
  • You are willing to try new things and adapt to the needs of the person you are supporting.
  • You are able to work without direct supervision.

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience with a well-respected charity delivering sector-leading services whilst developing an experience of working with people who have been affected by stroke.

Contact person firstname
Liz Halle, Stroke Association Support Coordinator
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
0118 321 9349

Location description
Across Reading
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Not specified
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMTue AMTue PMWed AMWed PMThu AMThu PMFri AMFri PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Befriending / Visiting
Will suit someone like this:
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Training description
Stroke Association Volunteer Induction (face to face – one full day), Introduction to Mentoring and Befriending Training (face to face – one full day) and Personal Safety for Volunteers (webinar – two hours). Other optional training will be offered.
Is support given?
Description of support
From Stroke Association support coordinators
Are expenses paid?
Description of expenses
To cover travel costs
Will I need my own transportation?
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Are references required?
Will there be an interview?
Are they properly insured?
Minimum age
Do they need a specific gender?
How many volunteers needed?
Opportunity added on
7 September 2018

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